From NKAA, Notable Kentucky African Americans Database (main entry)

Morton-Finney, John

(born: 1889  -  died: 1998) 

Born in Uniontown, KY, John Morton-Finney was a Buffalo Soldier with the U.S. Army during World War I and also served during World War II. He taught school in Missouri and Indiana while earning five law degrees; he earned a total of 11 degrees, the last at the age of 75. He continued teaching until he was 81 years old and practiced law until he was 106; he is believed to have been the longest-practicing attorney in the U.S. Morton-Finney was inducted into the National Bar Association Hall of Fame in 1991. For more see John Morton-Finney in the Notable names in local Black history at the website, updated 02/10/2000.


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NKAA Entry:  African American Lawyers/Attorneys, Kentucky, 1880-1940

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